Each year, West Side Spirit, the largest community newspaper on the West Side of Manhattan, pauses to salute dozens of New Yorkers whose accomplishments deserve to be highlighted.
We call our civic awards the Westys, which stands for West Side Spirit Thanks You.
The requirements to be considered for a Westy are simple. The awards go to New Yorkers who live or work on the West Side and whose accomplishments help improve its neighborhoods. Nominations are made by prominent West Siders, by other Spirit readers and by our editorial staff. The editors and I narrow the lists in each category and select a handful of nominees to honor in person and in the pages of this newspaper.
We hope you enjoy reading about these accomplished neighbors in the following pages, and we look forward to hearing more about their achievements in the coming year.
President & CEO
West Sider of the Year: Judge Judith Kaye
Bravest and Finest: Officer Betsey Gonzalez
Bravest and Finest: Annemarie Legendy
Bravest and Finest: Deputy Inspector Keith Spadaro
The Charity List: Paul Guenther
The Charity List: Jeff Parness
The Charity List: Mary Cooper
The Charity List: Deirdre Downes
The Charity List: Laura Radensky
The Charity List: John Engel
The Clergy: Rev. Joseph McShane
The Clergy: Rabbi Allen Schwartz
Community Builders: Joyce Johnson
Community Builders: Margarita Curet
Community Builders: Helen Rosenthal
The Culture Club: Wynton Marsalis
The Culture Club: Christopher London
The Culture Club: Stephen Burdman
The Educators: Gabrielle Rowe
Health Care Pros: Barbra Minch
Health Care Pros: Dr. Hassan Khouli
Entrepreneurs: Pat Carddick
Real Estate Royalty: Susan M. de Franca
Real Estate Royalty: Shlomi Reuveni
Restaurateurs: Matthew Tivy
Restaurateurs: Joan Gallo
Restaurateurs: Don Evans
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